December 11, 2011

What Would My Sister Do?


Confession: I was a wimp. Yes, I know it's hard to believe (lol!). Exhibit A - I didn't go to preschool because when the school bus pulled up, I bursted into tears and didn't want to leave my mommy. (Definitely not the same girl now!).

We all know those cartoon images of a devil and angel on your shoulder telling you what to do. When I feel myself wimping out, the voice in my head is my sister. I have very vivid memories where she wouldn't let me wimp out and I play them over whenever I feel myself psyching myself out.

I'm the type of person that if my order comes out wrong, I don't speak up and eat around it. I'd hardly return food that wasn't cooked how I requested. Not my sister. One moment that sticks out in my mind was when I was at the mall cafeteria and they forgot a part of my order. I was just about to walk back to the table when my sister told me to go back and get it. I was like "no it's fine" but she wasn't having it. Shaking like a leaf, I went back and asked. They apologized and gave me what I paid for. I was amazed how painless it was! I was like, she's onto something here... 

Another moment I remember like it happened yesterday was learning how to swallow pills. I didn't learn until high school (yes!) and it probably would have been longer if it wasn't for my sister. I was sick and needed to take some Sudafed (yes, those tiny red pills). After choking on like 8 pills she was like "KIM, just do it!" and then I was suddenly able to. She made it sound like the easiest thing in the world (and it really is) but I was too stuck in my head.

Those are just a few examples of the little obstacles she helped me overcome. She taught me to stand up for myself and I can do anything I put my mind to. Now we live 3,000 miles apart so she's not physically there to encourage me. But, when I feel like I'm psyching myself out I stop and think "what would my sister say?" She's still there in my head, pushing me to be the independent woman I am today. Thanks sis!


Had to throw in this adorable pic of her with my youngest nephew, Zach. Such a cutie!

4 comments:

  1. Love the picture of you and your sister! And her son is ADORABL! I use to be the same way I never spoke up about anything, by the end of college did it hit me that I had to actually start speaking up for myself. Also I hated swallowing pills and it took me to high school to start taking swallowable pills.

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  2. Such a great post! It's always great to have someone like this in your life.
    Although, NO ONE has managed to make me swallow pills yet.
    Love the picture of you sister and your nephew. It's so cute.

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  3. @Heather - Glad I'm not the only adult who couldn't swallow pills :P

    @Sherin - hehe try biting your tongue with a mouth full of water and swallowing :)

    @Rebecca - I think he's pretty cute hehe

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